Samsung Unveils New Line of Stylish Branded, Armageddon Surviving Memory Cards

Feb 20, 2012 • Gadgets, Memory Card, Samsung
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Try to recall when it was the last time you looked at the SD or microSD card from your phone, camera, or tablet and thought to yourself: “Damn, these cards are kind of ugly. I wish they’d do something about it.” Probably not huh? So what’s the big deal with Samsung’s new line of “stylish branded memory cards?” Well.. when they’re advertised to survive a proverbial triumvirate of biblical-proportioned physical abuse, the advertised brushed metal design starts to sound a little more substantial with functional purpose rather than just marketing bling.

Samsung has designed their memory products to be waterproof, shockproof, and magnet proof, allowing them to withstand pretty much anything you could throw at it. All models are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in water, withstand the force of a 1.6 ton vehicle (3,200 lbs), and resist up to 10,000 gauss (slightly less than the power of a medical imaging magnet). So unless you’re a volcano climbing strongman competitor who goes base jumping into 1,000 ft underwater caves (always with mobile devices in tow), I’m pretty sure these memory cards will survive 95%+ of normal consumer use.

The line of memory products is aimed at active consumers on the go who value fast reliable performance for their adventures and work. With read speeds of up to 24 MB/sec and max write speeds of 13 MB/sec  (High Speed Line) and 21 MB/sec (Plus Extreme Speed Line), users can transfer up to 1GB of photos in as little as 42 seconds.

Their lines are split up into sub-divisions for consumer (High Speed) and professional (Plus Extreme Speed) use. Product specs and pricing are as follows:

High Speed Series – Specifications
SD Card

MODEL NAME

CAPACITY*

SPEED CLASS

READ SPEED

WRITE SPEED

MSRP

MB-SS2GA

2 GB

Max 15MB/s

Max 7MB/s

$9.99

MB-SS4GA

4 GB

Class 4

Max 24MB/s

Max 7MB/s

$14.99

MB-SS8GA

8 GB

Class 6

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$24.99

MB-SSAGA

16 GB

Class 6

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$44.99

MB-SSBGA

32 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$89.99

microSD Card

MODEL NAME

CAPACITY*

SPEED CLASS

READ SPEED

WRITE SPEED

MSRP

MB-MS2GA

2 GB

Max 15MB/s

Max 7MB/s

$9.99

MB-MS4GA

4 GB

Class 4

Max 24MB/s

Max 7MB/s

$14.99

MB-MS8GA

8 GB

Class 6

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$24.99

MB-MSAGA

16 GB

Class 6

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$44.99

MB-MSBGA

32 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 13MB/s

$89.99

Plus Extreme Speed Series – Specifications
SD Card

MODEL NAME

CAPACITY*

SPEED CLASS

READ SPEED

WRITE SPEED

MSRP

MB-SP8GA

8 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 21MB/s

$29.99

MB-SPAGA

16 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 21MB/s

$54.99

microSD Card

MODEL NAME

CAPACITY*

SPEED CLASS

READ SPEED

WRITE SPEED

MSRP

MB-MP8GA

8 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 21MB/s

$29.99

MB-MPAGA

16 GB

Class 10

Max 24MB/s

Max 21MB/s

$54.99

*Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes, GB = 1 billion bytes.

While they do check in at a slightly higher price point per GB, I’m sure most consumers wouldn’t mind paying a few dollars more for something that’s virtually indestructible.

Tim Wut

Tim Wut was once in pursuit of a paper-laden career in bankruptcy law. He now writes for TechZulu, covering startups and founder stories. He explores the inspiration that drives entrepreneurs and shares lessons learned in the startup trenches. Writer by trade, storyteller at heart.

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